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Brokers show loan optimism

More than half of brokers are optimistic the mortgage market will improve


in the next quarter, according to research by the Mortgage Business.


Currently, 54 per cent of brokers are optimistic that business will


improve in the next quarter.


Brokers have reported significant increases this quarter in sales of


self-employed and flexible mortgages, with 38 per cent having seen an


upturn in business since the last quarter and 10 per cent reporting


increases of between 46 per cent and 100 per cent.


Intermediaries attribute the increase to a rise in the number of


self-employed people and a shift towards more flexible work patterns,


making it difficult to prove income.


Brokers say their optimism for the next quarter is based on factors such


as customers wanting to move before prices soar or remortgage before


interest rates rise.


TMB managing director Mark Charlesworth says: “I am sure that this is a


trend which is likely to continue.”

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